boat, water provisions, boat unable to return.
Lincoln Ellsworth motor boat alongside.
Steamed ship round south East corner.
Launched ships boats, first mate in charge.
Lincoln Ellsworth doing same and launching motorboat.
Observed boatmen transporting crew and whaleboat across lagoon.
Trongate, also Lincoln Ellsworth standing by.
line on shore, received message: Send water, biscuits, weather too
bad, try tomorrow.
Whale boat successfully
over reef. 3 survivors, our boat again ashore, unable take water or
stores. Heavy surf, many attempts made to launch unsuccessfully.
south and full away for one and a half hours.
head north and full away.
Three more survivors
and received message "To the Master s.s.Trongate - the positions
as to getting over that surf appears to be hopeless. The only thing
I can see for it is a cruiser with a seaplane to alight in the lagoon
inside, if possible. Send us as much water as you can as we have none.
We have meat but a case of milk would come in useful also matches,
chlorodyne as some of us are getting diarrhoea and any old boots (on
pair size tens) and any old hats and tobacco. These (native) men from
your ship say there is too much risk from sharks should the boat capsize
when crossing the reef. Sorry to put you to all this bother and we
all thank you for your assistance.
sent ashore with all requested.
Finding a better landing.
Three more survivors over reef. From now on rescue completed. Boat
taking water kegs and barrel each time and various requirements. The
last survivors arrived on board "Trongate" 2.15 p.m. Method:
whale boat over reef to "Trongate's" boat. "Lincoln
Ellsworth's" launch towing to "Trongate."
About 2.30 p.m.
12 men transferred
to "Lincoln Ellsworth"
whale boat manned by Missionnary, Harry Tama, Pa, Lanifale, Faletule,
Leinipoa, this rescue could not have been effected.*
The M.V. "Lincoln
Ellsworth" and s.s. "Trongate" rendered equal service.
names are spelt differently here than in Capt. Swindell's Statutory
Declaration. We are inclined to think that the Declaration is
more nearly correct.
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